Researchers Toolkit including training

Supporting, helping and enabling our staff to get involved in health research

Our aim is to equip our staff with the tools, skills and confidence to take part in and ultimately lead in the research process.

The chance to get involved in research is open to everyone – regardless of job and any prior research experience. To get started all you need is to want to find out more and a bit of time.

Our Research Competency Training Framework

We’ve developed a Clinical and Health Research Competency Training Framework which outlines the knowledge and required training that is needed for each competency level. The below diagram offers a high level summary:

Research and Development Competancy Framework

This summary roadmap shows the 5 competency levels and outlines the required level of knowledge and training needed for each level. The competencies are based not only on knowledge and experience but also the amount of time you are able to commit to research.

Competency levels and themes:        

There are 5 different competency levels starting from core up to expert. To move onto the next competency level all areas of the previous competency need to be completed. Below gives a summary of the learning outcomes and capabilities for each competency level:

1. Core

  • Has an awareness of the specified skill details and knows where to go to find out more
  • Is aware there is a research department and we are a research active NHS Trust
  • Takes no active role in research
  • Core Level Research Competeny Training Framework

2. Beginner

3. Intermediate

4. Advanced

5. Expert

These flow charts break down each competency into their themes and skills and at a glance show what you need to know for each competency level.

Framework summary

Take a look here at the full Training Framework for Clincal and Health Care Research and see how you can get started on your research journey and don’t forget to visit the Research pages on the intranet.

Training, grants and qualification updates

Ready to get started?

Complete this form and email it back to us so we can help you get started. Don’t forget to have a chat with your line manager and build research into your career development plan or your continuing professional development (CPD) conversations.

We’re here to support and guide you every step of the way.

Frequently asked questions

What's 'portfolio' research?

Portfolio research is large-scale clinical research that has been adopted onto the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) research portfolio. There are several large-scale portfolio studies currently running in the Trust in which our Clinical Research Practitioners can assist. If you've heard of a study you are interested in please contact u s.

Where can I find out about non-portfolio research?

Talk to Sam Whitby, Research Manager, if you want to find out about non-portfolio research. Call 07872 421195 or email.

I need help formalising my research idea – where do I go?

Talk to your colleagues about your idea. You'll need to establish whether it's research, audit or an evaluation. If it is research you'll need to do a literature review to see if someone has already researched the area - the Health Librarians can help with this.

The National Institute for Health Research Design Service can then help you develop your idea and point you in the right direction to secure funding. Please also contact us for support with developing your research question.

How do I get funding for my research project?

There are funding streams and available awards available from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) there is also a specific funding stream aimed at clinicians within ‘Research for Patient Benefit.’

I'm doing a research project as part of my MSc or PhD - what do I do to get it approved?

First ensure your study is research and not an audit or evaluation. You will need external ethics approval for most research undertaken within the NHS. Go to the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) for more information. You then need to get local Trust approval from Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust. Call or email Sam Whitby for more information: or 07872 421195.